Phoenix, AZ (population: 1,635,783) has three dental assistant schools within its city limits. Apollo College-Phoenix Inc, the highest ranked school in the city with a dental assistant program, has a total student population of 5,844. It is the 1504th highest ranked school in the USA and the 10th highest in the state of Arizona (#1 is Northern Arizona University).
Dental Assistant students from Phoenix schools who go on to become dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental professionals, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 294,020 people working as dental assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $34,000. Also, Dental hygienists make on average $67,860 per year and there are about 173,900 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area alone, there are 1,860 employed dental hygienists earning an average salary of $74,460. Dental assistants in this area earn $35,800/yr and there are 4,550 employed.
Phoenix lies in Maricopa county, which is one of the 15 counties in Arizona. Overall, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area has 1,763,410 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,930 average annual salary. Thus, about 3 out of every 1000 jobs in Phoenix are held by dental assistants, and 1/1000 are held by dental hygienists.
Of the 3 dental assistant schools in Phoenix, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Bryman School of Arizona comes out as the most expensive ($25,614/yr) for dental assistant students, with Phoenix College as the lowest, reported at only $8,058/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Phoenix|
|Casa Grande||AZ||47,388||1||16.7022||3||48.8 miles|
|Prescott Valley||AZ||41,046||1||8.12951||6||75.4 miles|